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Guide to success at Georgia State Jump into major organizations Keeping safe on campus Mold your own degree On-campus housing Transportation options for students




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What’s around Downtown Georgia State’s Art College Getting and conquering internships Find your Perimeter campus niche Ways to stay fit on campus College hacks for savvy students




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Recap of the past Panther season Student athletes turned pros Sun Belt Champions New Panthers on board Football season schedule






Editor In Chief Christina Maxouris PRODUCTION DESIGN Editor Khoa Tran associate DESIGN Editor Salinna Phon DESIGN CONTRIBUTORS Devin Phillips, Philip Dural,

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EDITORIAL News Editor Syrina Merilan Arts & Living Editor Camille Bolos Copy Editors Alaa Elassar, Sydnie Cobb EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Angie Rosete, Kerrie Head,

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PHOTOGRAPHY Photo Editor Vanessa Johnson PHOTO CONTRIBUTORS Hannah Greco, Ethan Mitcham DIGITAL Web Managing Editor Michael Straw Podcast EditorS Caleb P. Smith,Charles Wright video contributors Richard Washington, Rukeem Collins, Uyen Nguyen

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M I SSI O N STAT EMEN T The Signal shall provide, in a fair and accurate manner, news of interest and significance to the Georgia State University community and ser ve as a forum for the expression of ideas of members of that community. Furthermore, The Signal shall provide an opportunity for students to pursue experience within a professional newspaper environment. The Signal shall also provide truthful and ethical advertising of interest to the Georgia State University community.

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D i s c la i m e r The first copy of The Signal Urbanite is free. Additional copies can be found in our office.

Dear Panther, Welcome to one of the most exciting experiences of your life. That’s what all adults ever say right? “The college years were the best years of my life.” And The Signal is here to make sure the same is true for you. So, how do you do college? My name is Christina Maxouris, I’m the Editor-in-Chief of The Signal, the university-wide newspaper. Since 1933, we’ve been getting the news of our university and surrounding city community to our students, and since 2015, we’ve begun catering to students of all five Perimeter campuses. In other words, we’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know about. You’ll find our newspaper on stands around campus every Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, we’ll still give you the latest on what’s happening at But before navigating through college life, we’d like to show you how to get started. Treat this as your how-to guide to Georgia State. Our Urbanite Summer Magazine will guide you through what housing options are available, where to park your ride, how you can get involved, what spots to visit, Panther Hacks, security, and catch you up on the university’s sports scene. The opportunities are endless, the resources plentiful, and our university guarantees a niche for all kinds of characters and tastes. College will be what you make of it, so check out all that we’ve put together for you, and then you’ll be ready to take this on all on your own. Georgia State is now your home, and Downtown always has rich and diverse experiences to offer. We want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of them. Here come the best years of your life! Best, Christina Maxouris Editor-in-Chief










he 2016-2017 academic year has wrapped up, and graduates are jumping out the door while other students are preparing to start their journey at Georgia State. The Signal gathered some tips from upperclassmen and professors for freshmen and transfer students to help make the most out of their college career. WRITTEN BY ANGIE ROSETE

“There’s a lot of free time [in college]. Don’t take that for granted. You could be doing work while you’re having all that free time.” — Malik Brown, Senior

“I have a mentor. He was the same major as me, so he’s been through the same things as me. I talk to him a lot when I need professional advice.” — Malik Brown, Senior

“I started off in computer science then I realized that it wasn’t really game design, so I switched to art. I can’t draw so switched to English, and I’m not really sure where I’m going to go from there.” — Jared Nicholas Holawinski, Senior




“Last semester I had a job, and I had less time in the day, so I had to actually learn to manage my time.” — Jared Nicholas Holawinski, Senior

“It’s convenient to write things down and look at your syllabi to see when everything is due and mark it in a calendar. It helps make you accountable.” — Makaila Wills, Senior

“I actually have a small group of friends, and we meet every week on Tuesdays. It’s really good to find people who are similar in age, interests, or major. Just prioritize and make time for the people you want to make time for.” — Makaila Wills, Senior

“You want to do as well as you can at first to sort of give yourself some breathing room once you get into harder classes.” — Grant Westbrook, Junior

“That’s a big thing [sleep] all my classmates struggle with. They stay up for 24 hours at a time to study then they’re too tired to do well on tests.” — Grant Westbrook, Junior

Stop by the Pounce Statue for good luck!

“You should get involved in as many organizations as you can, because they give you a chance to network and they look good on your resume. When looking for internships, they are going to ask you what were you doing besides just going to class.” — Kudzai Mundava, Junior “Don’t feel obligated to do everything. If you’re doing an internship you don’t have to do a club or if you do a club you’re not obligated to take a job. Even though it looks good on your resume, if you get tired out you burn out really fast.” — Kristina Luangamath, Senior

INSIGHT FROM A GEORGIA STATE PROFESSOR Dr. Michael Evans is an American Government professor. He has been teaching this course at Georgia State for eight years now and has a pretty good idea of what incoming students struggle with in his undergraduate class. Here’s what he told The Signal.

“Students too often are caught off-guard about assignments, exam dates, and other course requirements because they did not carefully read the syllabus.”

“I think some students found social studies/history in high school to be relatively easy, and so they are surprised to find that learning college-level political science—even though it’s only a 1000-level—requires the same level of effort necessary for success [as] other courses.”

“Students learn better when they write their own notes, fill out their own study guides, and quiz themselves (at least primarily). Study groups work best when used for accountability and for verifying understanding. They do not work well when individuals ‘divide the labor’ and try to learn from others’ notes, study guides, etc.”

“Students who do well are cognizant of gaps in their prior learning, carefully read their syllabus at the beginning of the semester, stay on top of the readings and other assignments, take good notes, review them soon after writing them, review everything again thoroughly (quizzing themselves as they go) in preparation for exams, and do their own work rather than seek to divide the labor through study groups.”



Organizations for your major Get involved this year with clubs catered to your interests WRITTEN BY KERRIE HEAD


eorgia State is bursting with opportunities to get involved in organizations for students in a variety of career paths and majors. Amongst the nearly 425 organizations available at Georgia State, students are bound to find one which fits their desire to build on leadership, experience, or involvement in their area of study.


This organization is all about preparation for a career in the medical field. AMSA joins together aspiring medical professionals and advises them on various facets of their career path like how to prepare for the MCAT, which classes they are required to take, how to apply for medical school, and connects them with doctors and other professionals. The organization is beneficial because it prepares students for their career and helps them network as they do it. THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (SPJ)

If you are on track to go into news-editorial journalism or newspapers, magazines, press services, professional publications, radio and television, or the teaching of journalism, then this could be the organization for you. SPJ offers an experience to build on your journalistic techniques and expand your professional network. AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION (AMA)

As the only marketing and brand-focused organization on campus, AMA boosts opportunities for those wishing to major in marketing. AMA seeks to teach, develop, and practice marketing strategies by connecting likeminded individuals, providing members with resources and knowledge, and improving leadership skills. Utilizing hands-on marketing projects and industry professionals, AMA gives its members a chance to start early on building their career. PRE-LAW CLUB

Want to be an attorney but don’t know where to start? This is the club for you! The Pre-Law Club assists students in making conscious decisions in pursuing law school by having guest speakers, preparing students for the LSAT, arranging law school visits, and improving networking in the law field. The club’s main focus is to discuss and seek an impactful legal career. ART STUDENT UNION (ASU)

No matter your concentration, ASU equips students with the resources they need to succeed professionally by engaging students with local, successful artists and professionals as well as hosting events and programs that build on the student’s experience. Some of the events held each year by ASU are the Georgia State Arts Fair in the Fall, Edgewood Sculpture Forum’s Annual Holiday Iron Pour in December, and the Spring Student Exhibition at a major local Atlanta gallery. In addition, ASU works to send young artists to national arts conferences to expose them to ample workshops and opportunities. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ANTHONY MANGLE



Georgia State Police has your back

How to keep safe on campus WRITTEN BY EDITORIAL STAFF


t Georgia State, safety is a top priority. Whether it is after a late snack with a friend or a never-ending study session, the Georgia State University Police Department (GSUPD) wants to make sure you are safe at all times. As the largest police department of the state, it is hard to go far without bumping into one of the many uniformed men and women of Georgia State police, with 73 officers Downtown and 117 across all six campuses. In the past year, Georgia State had some major developments in security and safety measures. The new GSUPD Chief Joseph Spillane has big plans for Panther Security, and has already set them into action. Chief Spillane increased security presence through the department’s partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD). The two departments work hand-in-hand on cases that are off-campus but may involve the Georgia State community. Fingerprint scanners similar to those in the dining halls were also implemented in the University Library. Fingerprint registration is in Student Center West and only takes a couple of seconds. The scanners came as a safety response to ensure library safety, but police officers continue to patrol the entrance at all times. If you don’t want to scan your fingerprint, you can use your Georgia State Panther ID to enter the building. But Chief Spillane’s plans don’t stop there. He wants to implement PantherCard scanners inside 25 Park Place, the academic advisement office, in order to restrict access exclusively to students and faculty. However, the attached buildings such


as the SunTrust bank and Highland Bakery will continue to have public access. Spillane’s focus for GSUPD this year is to build a relationship with the Georgia State students they protect, and make sure the community feels comfortable around its officers. He said he wants to create a safe place for students to relax before, in between, and after classes. Under that initiative, efforts to revitalize Hurt Park and Woodruff Park have already begun, in order to create a more student-friendly environment. Officers are ditching their cars to go on foot, and take the time to talk to the Panther community. Spillane announced at the beginning of his term that more bikes will be in use in order for officers to be more visible to students and approachable. Besides that purpose, the move is a step towards helping the environment, along with his suggestion of using electric vehicles. GSUPD rolled out the LiveSafe app this year, allowing students to report crimes immediately and get in touch with the department faster. If that’s not enough, a couple dozen call boxes are found all over campus, to alert police of an emergency, and send them directly to your location. And if you’re walking alone at night, you can call a university escort to get you to your dorm or car safely. Georgia State Campus Police 404-413-3333 Non-emergencies & Safety Escorts 404-413-2100 Hearing Impaired 404-413-3203 Information Desk 404-413-3234 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE


Forge your own college experience

Georgia State’s Interdisciplinary degrees



hoosing a college program that speaks to you can be a massive headache, so when you’re on the prowl for majors, keep your eyes peeled for Interdisciplinary Studies programs. The College of Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary majors offer you the opportunity to sculpt your education so that it meets your needs and desires, and you wouldn’t believe how versatile these programs are. Carve out a niche for yourself and get a degree in anything ranging from environmental science, game design, gender studies to event gerontology . SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION For students trying to get into the sciences, you’re in luck! Georgia State is among the top 108 public and private colleges in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of Research Universities. If your curiosity of the world is unquenchable, here are a handful of suggestions of programs to jump into: Want to learn about how the natural world works on a more fundamental level? Give environmental science a try and integrate courses such as geology, biology and chemistry. You can also choose focal topics like environmental psychology and study the relationships between individuals and how they relate to their built and natural environments. Look at how human activity is changing the ecosystems we inhabit and the potential impact it can have on ourselves and the natural world at large. PROGRAMS AND ELECTIVES FOR NERDS The Institute for Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to advancing crucial biomedical research that improves



human health. They take pride in closing the gaps between lab research and its clinical applications. Learn to bring the biomedical sciences to the marketplace with courses like Organizational Entrepreneurship and Biosafety: Principles and Practice and Experimental Approaches in Biomed Research. If that sounds too dry for you, don’t fret. They’ve got amazing electives like principles of toxicology, neurophysics, genetics and the law, as well as many others. GERIATRICS To top it all off, Georgia State offers a program on gerontology, the study of the one thing we’ll all experience in our lives—old age. The Gerontology Institute has been operating for 30 years and has become the most distinguished gerontology program in the Southeast. While studying at the Gerontology Institute, you’ll come to understand aging beyond a personal level. That means you’ll look at the psychosocial, health and political elements of aging. By 2028, about 77 million baby boomers are going to be at retiring age. How is that going to affect society’s structure? What are the implications for urban planning? We need people with training to tackle these issues and going into gerontology is a great way to get involved. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of while enrolled in Georgia State’s interdisciplinary programs and by no means are these the only programs available. As a Georgia State Panther, you can mold your college career around an education that matters to you. It can’t get any better than that.

Christa WatsonWright Assistant Professor


in Environmental Health

Her research focus at Georgia State will build upon her prior research investigating the genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of metal oxide engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), the development of high throughput/high content screening assays, and nanosafety. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE


Living in the Big City Georgia State offers many housing options for students WRITTEN BY KRISTEN ROGERS



irst year in college and looking for a place to live? Here are all of Georgia State’s on-campus housing options.

bathrooms and full kitchens equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove. Per semester, prices range from $3,700 to $6,000.

$4,700-$5,700. However, this option is only open to freshman students.



Patton Hall, located on 160 Edgewood Ave. NE, is the most common choice for freshman students. The residence hall houses 325 students with suites that can have a total occupancy of up to three people, with one bedroom holding one person and the other bedroom holding two. The convenient location includes free cable and internet in each room, parking at the University Lofts across the street, a study lounge on every floor, and a dining hall on the lowest floor. Per semester, prices vary starting at $4,400.

The cluster of nine fraternities and sororities are housed in three-story townhomes, which range from nine to 19 beds per unit and are adjacent to Patton Hall. Found on 156 Edgewood Ave. SE, Greek organizations may decorate their own townhomes so they have the feel of living in their own house with the convenience of being on campus. Normal amenities are included with the addition of a community center. Prices range from $3,000 to $3,700.

University Commons is a 4.2 acre complex consisting of four buildings ranging from eight to 15 stories. Located on 141 Piedmont Ave. NE, it houses approximately 2,000 students and is primarily designated for upperclassmen students. You have the option of choosing a private single room in either a two or four bedroom apartment style unit. Students can enjoy amenities, such as fully equipped kitchens, furnished bedrooms, living rooms, free internet, and study lounges on each floor. Prices vary from $4,400 to $5,300.



Piedmont Central, the most recent addition to accommodate the growing university, includes state-of-the-art social spaces with study rooms on each floor. Located at 92 Piedmont Ave. NE, the building houses 1,152 students and features a brand new dining hall on the main floor. Students in this housing have access to community kitchens, interactive multimedia and conference rooms, and multipurpose rooms to provide the best learning experience. Per semester, prices range from



Found on 135 Edgewood Ave. SE, the University Lofts contain 231 loft-style apartments with a total occupancy of 550 residents, who are primarily undergraduate students. With open floor plans, exposed ductwork, and sealed concrete flooring, the urban-style building offers a rustic, modern touch. Apartments include studio, one, two, three and four bedroom units. Amenities include a parking deck, living areas, full 12


Piedmont North, a two-building complex located on 175 Piedmont Ave. NE, is a student favorite since each room has its own bathroom. Open to all student classifications, the complex holds 1,200 residents and offers double and triple occupancy rooms. Free cable and internet are provided, there is a phone on each floor, furniture is also included in every room, and there is an onsite dining hall. Prices range from $4,400 to $5,500 per semester.

Getting around on campus WRITTEN BY PERRIN WILLIAMS


hough Georgia State is amidst the busy streets of Atlanta, transportation is simpler than you might think. With free on-campus shuttles and off-campus transportation discounts, getting from one place to another is effortless and affordable for the everyday college student. ON-CAMPUS TRANSPORTATION

Georgia State’s Panther Express shuttles are a convenient way to get to and from your car, dorm, and many other spots on campus. There are four different routes: blue, red, green and purple. All the routes run from Monday - Friday from 7 A.M. to midnight, except for the blue route, which runs from 7 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. The blue route is for commuter students parking at the Georgia State Stadium (the blue lot) and stops at Langdale and Sparks Hall. The red route is convenient for those traveling from Library Plaza to Aderhold Learning Center or the Rialto Center for the Arts. The green route is taken by on-campus residents, as it stops at the University Commons, Piedmont North and the Student Center. Lastly the purple route combines the blue and red routes, stopping at all the on-campus stops listed above.



Due to the ultimate college student struggle, Georgia State offers discounts for Atlanta’s various modes of transportation that students can pick up at Auxiliary Services on the second floor of Student Center West. You can find 30-day Breeze Card Passes for $61. They offer 31-day discount passes for GRTA (Georgia Rapid Transit Authority) buses. The Green Zone Routes are $92 and the Blue Zone routes are $117. PARKING

Georgia State has about 50,000 students, with a majority of them being commuter students, so it’s no surprise that the Downtown campus is a plethora of parking decks ranging from A to W. These are the ones that you might find useful. The following decks are open from 6:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. from Monday to Friday. Most students gravitate towards M Deck first. It is located on Auditorium Place, across the street from the student center. This deck is one of the closest to the main classroom buildings, making it a prime area for parking, but this is not without downsides. Drive toward M deck anytime after 10 A.M. and you might run into a sign that says “No more parking available.” K Deck, N Deck and S Deck are all located on Gilmer St. These decks are also conveniently located relatively close to Library Plaza and the main classroom buildings. T Deck is located on Auburn Ave. and cuts the walk to Aderhold in half, which is useful when in the middle of summer or winter. PHOTO BY SALINNA PHON








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ATL’S GOT IT ALL Coffee-seekers, music-junkies, fitness-lovers: Georgia State’s Downtown community has a place for everyone WRITTEN BY CAMILLE BOLOS


he Georgia State campus offers stores, activities, and treats that cater to all interests and hobbies. But step out of your on-campus comfort zone, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find. Here are some spots that every Panther should explore:

JAVA CATS CAFÉ Like cats? Like coffee? The new Java Cats Café that just opened on Memorial Drive can satisfy both those interests! This unique café has brought together a love of cats and coffee and made it work. The café has paired up with PAWS, meaning all the cats and kittens that are there are up for adoption. Grab a perfect cup of java and find the purrfect companion all in one café. SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET If you’re in the mood for a killer burger, you’re in luck. Grindhouse Killer Burgers just opened its newest location inside Sweet Auburn Market this year. This market, located inside the original Municipal Market building off Edgewood Ave., is continuing to grow each year. With staples from Bell Street Burritos and their bakery and BBQ, to the newest addition of Grindhouse, the Market is here to satisfy all your foodie needs. THE MASQUERADE It’s a role call for music nerds and live performance addicts! The Masquerade found a new home this year, and get this—it’s within walking distance of campus now. You can find this trademark Atlanta venue tucked away in Underground Atlanta off Lower Alabama St. The venue hosts a variety of artists from comedians to local bands to big name performers so snag a ticket, walk down and explore. HOTLANTA YOGA Vinyasa’s and sun salutations up your alley? Well young yogis, you’re in luck because Hotlanta Yoga is just around the corner from campus off Edgewood Ave SE.





The studio offers a variety of classes from Yoga Basics to Athletic Power Vinyasa. You can even perfect that handstand with the Handstand Squad. This five-star rated studio also offers cycling classes to bike your way into serenity. SOCCER FIELD If you are destined to have classes in Aderhold and enjoy staying active, then check this convenient blessing out. There is a professional grade soccer field in the Five Points MARTA Station, located right across from Broad St. that’s sponsored by Atlanta United and MARTA. Put down that Rosa’s Pizza—in the box to save for later—and pick up a game with some friends, or join one of the leagues! LOTTAFRUTTA This hole-in-the-wall Atlanta gem is dripping with Latin American flavor. If you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, this little Auburn Ave. shack with its colorful wall bearings and fruity smells will transport you somewhere far from Atlanta. Cuban sandwiches, fresh fruit cups, and South American-style smoothies are just a few of the options available. Support local businesses and get down with LottaFrutta’s exotic menu. JACKSON STREET BRIDGE Doing it for the #insta? Tourists and locals alike find themselves chasing the iconic views that can be seen at all hours of the day/night from this bridge. There’s some street parking, but those killer sunsets can attract a crowd so get there early. Photographers, you won’t be able to get enough shots of this spot—social media fanatics, you won’t either.

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Need a break from the tried and true dinner and a movie special? Try a day date with friends or that cute girl in your English class. If you’re 21+, Hop City is located inside the Market, so you can sip and wander while deciding what to munch on. If you are craving goodies on the raw side, Makimono is the move. The sushi is great for your taste buds and your wallet. If raw fish doesn’t make you go all heart-eyeemoji, then Gu’s Dumplings is just as delicious and fulfilling.




The College of the Arts Uncovering and uplifting Georgia State’s arts programs WRITTEN BY SOPHIA MARCHESE

ON-CAMPUS VENUES EXHIBITING THE ARTS University Theatre, Dahlberg Hall – “Come Play with Us!” Home of The Players at Georgia State, the oldest chartered theatre group in Georgia. The Players put on many productions and work to engage students with the theatre community. @gsuplayers Florence Kopleff Recital Hall School of Music Located inside the Arts & Humanities building. Hosts an array of musical performances, such as ensembles and solo recitals, as well as featured guest lectures from renowned artists. @georgiastateschoolofmusic 18



eorgia State is finalizing its newest academic unit, the College of the Arts. The college is dedicated to expanding a Georgia State image that is representative of the growing arts and related media industries in Atlanta. “When people think about the arts and Downtown, we want them thinking about Georgia State,” Associate Dean Dr. Maria Gindhart said. According to Gindhart, Georgia State conceptualized this innovative arts college as part of a university strategic plan related to accessibility, excellence, diversity and working with the urban fabric of the Downtown Atlanta campus. NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S ARTS COLLEGE

Dean of the College of the Arts, Dr. Wade Weast, applies his years of experience in music training and education to help place the university’s long overdue vision into existence. “The arts can and should be the front door to the university,” Weast said. Not only will the arts students be able to graduate under an official arts school—which will open up many postgrad possibilities—but they will also be more hands-on within their field prior to graduation. “We really want to get students involved in

internships and…give them a sense of what happens with their degree after college,” Gindhart said. COLLEGE OF THE ATL

Georgia State and Downtown Atlanta are becoming more and more collaborative. Administrators expect the College of the Arts to foster this synergetic relationship, allowing Georgia State to make the city more desirable and vice versa. “We want to help make Downtown Atlanta a better place to live, work, and study…a place that people want to be a part of,” Weast said. “This is a town that has all the pieces and parts of a really vibrant Downtown area.” The university is traditionally regarded as a commuter school where students leave immediately after their classes. The College of the Arts is enthusiastic about changing this. “As we develop the College of the Arts and increase awareness of what’s going on within Georgia State’s arts and related media programs … Hopefully people will stick around after class to go to a concert or a film screening or an art opening,” Gindhart said. The college intends to package arts related events in exciting, nontraditional ways that engage both Georgia State and the Atlanta community.

Internships on the brain? Tips on how to get them, survive and succeed WRITTEN BY CAMILLE BOLOS


nternships. A single word sending chills down our spines. With increasing competition for jobs in the “real world”, the pressure to have an internship on your resume is on, and college is the time to gain that experience. The struggle is real, but here are a few tips to help get your dream internship, survive, and succeed: HOW DO I START?

Googling the perfect internship can be time-consuming and overwhelming. You’re not alone though! You’re in college, and campus resources are plentiful. Professors aren’t just lecturers at Georgia State; they are fantastic sources for advice on where to look, apply and get connections—most professors had entire careers in their field before spreading their wealth of knowledge. The University Career Services (UCS) located in Student Center West offers programs that will aid in your search. The staff is there to help with all your internship needs, including tweaking and shining up your resume. Benefits to using campus resources? They can help you get credits for

internships—meaning one or two fewer lectures to muscle through. I’M IN! NOW WHAT?

Be on time—aka, five minutes early. There is nothing less professional than an intern who is late on the first day, or ever. First impressions are everything, so be confident. Meet and greet the whole company! It’ll look good and give you that “go-getter” vibe that organizations eat up. Soak up all the information you can. This is a learning experience, and if you’re doing it for free, you might as well learn something other than how to brew a decent pot of coffee. Use this time wisely and ask questions; your future-self will thank you. Be creative! Test out ideas that have been filed away in the cabinets of your mind. Take advantage of the fact that perfection is not the focus, but stepping out of a comfort zone and showing initiative is. SURVIVAL TIPS

Research the company before the interview. It’s a redeeming quality and will make you a more appealing candidate. Have questions for them!

Let them know you know who they are, and really want to be a part of THEIR team. Coffee is your best friend, end of story. You’ll need all the help you can get if you’re balancing a full load of classes, an unpaid internship and/ or a part-time job. People invented internships to get the grunt work done. Complaining about it is kitchen-table, not break room, talk. Find a mentor while you’re there to show you the ropes and give you advice. You won’t regret it. Network, network, network. Take advantage of the opportunity you have to meet and leave an impression on all the people you can. You never know who may someday provide you with a connection that will change your life. AT THE END OF THE DAY

An internship could make or break your job search postgraduation as organizations look for that experience. They might be tough, but they can also be enriching experiences that allow you to get one step closer to your dream job. Word on the street is some of them can be fun too. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE




umans are creatures of habit, so naturally, once someone finds a spot that feels just right—whether that be a study spot or a hangout spot—they tend to hold on to it with a fierce grip. Finding that place on or off-campus can be a tough, long journey. Fear not, fellow students. Here’s a head start on the path to finding the perfect niche.

Dunwoody Campus


Miyonur McGraw Clarkston “Outside in the courtyard is usually my go-to place to study on campus, it’s quite peaceful out here.”





Nestled between building NA and the visitor/staff parking, the gazebo in front of the lake offers a calm, breezy study spot, if nature beckons. If you’re not in the mood, or an intense cram session is on the rise, then the stillness of the lower level in the library is calling thy name. Quizzing a classmate? Walk on over to the bottom floor of building NE where the tables are bountiful and the vending machines are full. If a campus break or a group meet-up spot is needed, the Starbucks off ChambleeDunwoody Road is a great place to chat with friends or brainstorm brilliant ideas. It has tables and chairs outside the quaint coffee shop. If the weather isn’t permitting, the inside of the shop has plenty of open seats and a chill vibe.

Feras Alsaffar Alpharetta “Sometimes I just go home to study, but if I’m around for an exam or a quiz the library is the best place. It’s small but it’s quiet and has a soothing atmosphere.”

Amy Avila Dunwody “There’s a ton of good study spots but if you’re doing a group study session the best place to go is computer lab in the library so you can talk and not get sideways glances.”


Alpharetta Campus

The library on the first floor is always a good option. With its small quarters, the first floor is quiet enough to get some work done and cram for that exam next period. There are tables and chairs outside behind the University Center building (to the left of the main building) where catching some rays and catching up on homework go hand-in-hand. A quick walk or drive up Brookside Parkway will lead out to Old Milton Parkway where an array of places to munch, chit-chat, or stdy await. Dunkin’ Donuts is there with a caffeine boost and a sugar rush to help keep up the high speed pace of being a college student.

Clarkston Campus

Take a deep breath of fresh air and pick from the multiple study niches where tables and trees are neighbors. A favorite is in between buildings CC and CD on the way to or from the library where the shade is just right and the breeze won’t blow away those notes. Those who prefer an indoor study climate (that’s not the library) can sprawl out on big, comfortable seats inside building CA—but be sure to keep the volume to a minimum though. Looking for a quick bite to eat after a day full of lectures and note taking? Up the street on Memorial Drive is Sidque Café, a quaint shop to leave the stress of the day behind with a cup of tea and a sandwich. You can even treat a friend to a cup of coffee and a pastry over a rant or vent session; college can be stressful.

that went worse than expected can head on over to the Sonic Drive-In. These retro-themed restaurants are few and far between these days, so it’s a hot (and cheap) spot to munch on a chili dog and get away from the bustling campus life.

Newton Campus

Tucked away in the woods sits the Georgia State Newton campus. It may be small, but the outdoor study niches are endless. From sprawling out on the lawn behind the baseball fields to finding a hideaway in between buildings 1A and 2A, one can’t go wrong. Or go the indoors route and nestle into a spot with caffeine in the café located in building 1A. Need a study buddy? Take fellow classmates over to the front of building 2A or to the auditorium inside, if it’s empty of course. The following off-campus spot is strictly 21 and up (sorry kiddos): The Fox Vineyards & Winery. Take a quick drive down Highway 11 and blow off some post-exam steam with some friends over a few glasses of delicately picked wine and maybe learn a thing or two about each other. Whether it be indoors or outdoors, scary-movie silent or full of natural noise, caffeinated or retro-themed, there is a spot for every type of student on the Georgia State Perimeter campuses. The hunt is on, and the perfect niche is waiting, so go claim it.

Decatur Campus

With secret tables scattered throughout the different levels of the campus, Decatur offers plenty of places to hunker down with some friends and knock out some work. If the Botanical Gardens, greenhouses and hiking trails don’t quench the thirst for nature, there is a bench near Doolittle Creek behind the tennis courts that keeps the stream of conscious flowing. Students wishing to go back in time to study harder for that exam NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE


Staying fit at Georgia State Balancing college life with a healthy living




college lifestyle and a healthy lifestyle are in no way mutually exclusive. However, Georgia State’s Atlanta campus allows students easy access to opportunities to stay active and fit. Committing to a nutritious diet while adjusting to college responsibilities may sound tiring and costly, but luckily there are restaurants within walking and biking distance from campus which offer tasty choices that both your wallet and your waistline can feel good about. Rawesome Juicery 209 Edgewood Ave SE Rawesome Juicery is located inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Enjoy a cold-pressed juice or a veggie wrap from this health-conscious eatery as you stroll through the aisles of fresh produce available throughout the market. It’s A Wrap Café 242 Auburn Ave NE “Wrap” up a healthy work-out on campus with a stop at this sandwich, smoothie, and wrap shop. This little spot has great reviews for their wide variety of menu items made with healthy ingredients. Fresh To Order 860 Peachtree St NE Fresh, fast and chef-inspired foods give this restaurant its great reputation. Meals are crafted with a “Eat finer, Live finer” 22


mentality. Just a short bike ride to Midtown, Fresh To Order can give you a healthy meal that is served fresh to order. STAYING FIT ON CAMPUS

With such a widespread campus, Georgia State students can get a decent workout just from walking class to class. Georgia State’s Student Recreation Center (SRC) offers several free fitness classes to students. Types of group classes vary, with options such as Zumba and cycling, which are available on a regular basis. A weekly schedule can be found online. There are also Instructional Clinics for students interested in committing to a weekly regimen that involves a learning experience. For a small registration and one-time fee, members receive weekly instructions for an entire semester. Students currently have a choice between Martial Arts and yoga with a one-week class trial. For those into strength training and weightlifting, the Recreation Center has a large selection of equipment as well as personal trainers who are typically Georgia State students themselves. “Students will learn about healthy eating and how they can incorporate it into their lifestyle,” Lehigh said. “They can also attend things like cooking classes, grocery store tours, and [oneon-one] counseling.” The facility promotes healthy eating with nutrition consultations available to all Panthers.

RIDE ON! Relay bike rentals are available on many street corners throughout the area. These quick and easy pop-up bike sharing stations give students a chance to explore Atlanta while cycling. HOW IT WORKS? Reserve a bike on your phone for the closest location. If there aren’t any available there, download the Social Bicycles app to find and reserve the closest bike. HOW TO GET IT OUT? Use the keypad on the bike to enter your 4-digit PIN code. Pull out and place the yellow lock bar on the holster to release the bike. FINISHED? Return your bike to the station. If you aren’t around the original rack, you can lock it to another public bike rack for a small fee. LOW ON FUNDS? The Student Recreation Center (SRC) has bike rentals available to students free of cost.

Hacks for Students Tips and Tricks for the Savvy Student WRITTEN BY JALEN JENKINS


ollege can be a financial and spiritual leech that leaves students a bit hopeless at times. However, within that academic epidemic, there is a phoenix rising out of the ashes that may have not seen the light of day since grade school: creativity. Yes, college is the time that this side really shines and surprises. Whether its free food, free stuff, or free utilities, there are ways Georgia State provides. POST OFFICE

Need something mailed like your return textbooks or letters to mom and dad? Don’t want to go all the way down Ponce to mail it? Have no fear, because Georgia State has its very own post office located on the first floor of Kell Hall. This fully operational United States Post Office closes at 4 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to fulfill your student mailing needs. STUDENT CENTER HALLWAY

Looking for the ultimate study spot? Look no further than the hallway on the third floor of the Student Center East. Filled with comfortable chairs and bountiful outlets, this space makes it difficult to find a better study spot. Perfect when on a break between classes or when the library is a bit too full (especially clutch during finals week). If the stomach gets empty during studying, this spot is connected to the ChickFil-A and Georgia State food court that is only a sky-bridge walk away. CINEFEST One of Georgia State’s greatest assets for a student on a budget but

craving entertainment is Cinefest. Cinefest is Georgia State’s very own theater that shows recent movies before they’re available to “find” on the internet. Besides the great movies, Cinefest offers a great (and cheap!) snack selection. Popcorn is sold for a dollar or two, and the candy is cheaper than anywhere else on campus. Not to mention, the movies are free for all students. LIBRARY DVD COLLECTION

When envisioning a library, many think of only books, but Georgia State’s library is used for so much more. Not only is it a cozy home for stressed, hardworking heads, but it houses an impressive collection of movies, TV seasons, educational films, documentaries, etc. all on DVD and some on VHS (what is that?). All are available to check out, and there are some true gems in there, from TV series long off Netflix and Hulu to classic movies. Georgia State’s collection contains anything from Gone with the Wind to Spirited Away. Be cautious though, the late fees for DVDs are a bit heavy. However, there is a one-time forgiveness fee for those who are a bit forgetful. FREE TESTING RESOURCES

A prepared student has their scantrons and blue books ready for a test. But for the unprepared who don’t have time (or money) to buy some, the Student Government Association office on the fourth floor of the Student Center West is a saving grace. And, of course, the cherry on top, it is completely free.



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t’s summer time around Georgia State, which means graduation, summer classes and the end of the sports season. There were no national championships won this year, so the drought continues, but there have been some good moments for the Panthers. There were individual and team performances that stood out. During the football season, wide receiver Robert Davis set the record for most receptions in school history. The Panthers beat rival Georgia Southern 30-24 in their last game at the Georgia Dome. After the season, the Panthers named former offensive line coach, Shawn Elliott, their new head coach. During the winter sports season, the men’s basketball team finished second in the Sun Belt Conference and made it to the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Rising sophomore, Demarcus Simonds, was named Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year. On the Women’s basketball front, Jada Lewis was named the Sun Belt Conference’s freshman of the year, making it two years in a row that a member of the women’s basketball team has won that title. Senior Tiffany Holston was named Newcomer of the Year. Track and Field member, LaPorshia Wells, set several personal and school records in her events during the indoor track season, featuring in the “Sports Illustrated” magazine and earning

the Sun Belt Player of the Week honors multiple times. During the spring season of competition, both the men’s tennis and golf teams won Sun Belt Conference Championships, defeating rival Georgia Southern to claim their championship. Junior Alex Herrmann sealed the victory for the Panthers with a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole. The team finished the year with a record high 3.92 GPA. The men’s tennis team defeated South Alabama to claim its championship and finished 19-6 on regular season. The softball team finished another season with over 30 wins, which is now the seventh year that they have done so. The men’s soccer team and the women’s golf team both finished as the conference runner-ups in their respective sports. Georgia State student-athletes set a new record for GPA with a cumulative of 3.3 and over 60 student-athletes have now graduated. Overall, it was a good year for Panther athletics in the classroom and on the field.


The latest sports addition to the Georgia State brand is the upcoming football stadium. The Georgia Dome is now closed, which means the Panther football team will no longer be playing its home games there. Instead, the Panthers will be playing at the

new Georgia State Stadium. The university took over the old Turner Field, former home of the Atlanta Braves, as the new home to the Panthers while the Braves moved to Suntrust Park in Cobb. The football team played its games at the Georgia Dome since its inception in 2010. The team only won a total of 20 games during its time at the Georgia Dome, so a fresh start and the luck of a new stadium will hopefully give the team the boost it needs. The new stadium will seat 22,000 people, which is a lot fewer than the Georgia Dome, so the Panthers should not have as much trouble trying to fill it. The project will cost Georgia State about $22 million and will include a new baseball field and school functions. The annual Corky Kell Class, a high school football kick-off, will open the stadium. Since last season, Panthers have been playing their games in Panthersville, Decatur. Bringing the team Downtown should encourage more fans to attend games—also encouraging the teams. The Panthers’ new location will make it a lot more convenient for players and coaches. The Panther football team is set to open their season on Aug. 31, 2017, in a game against Tennessee State University. Last season, the Panthers went 3-9, and they look to improve on their score with the new coaching staff. The Panthers will play six games at their new home during its inaugural season.



Panther Professionals Georgia State put another player in the pros, adding to its growing list WRITTEN BY CHRISTIAN CRITTENDEN


ver the past few years, Georgia State has begun to put players in the professional ranks in various different sports. From the NFL to the NBA to the MLB, Panthers’ athletes have dabbed in those leagues and had success while competing. This year, Georgia State had as many players drafted as the University of Georgia, making huge strides in the right direction. Robert Davis is the latest Panther going to the NFL ranks. Davis was drafted in the 6th round by the Washington Redskins and will now get to catch passes from Kirk Cousins. Georgia State fans knew of Davis’ potential for a while now and knew that he would be drafted before the start of last season. The rest of the

world, however, did not know who Davis was until this past February during the NFL combine. During the combine, Davis posted a very impressive number: a 4.44 40 yard dash, 19 bench press reps, a 41.0 inch vertical jump and a 136.0 broad jump. Those were jaw dropping numbers, especially from a “small school prospect” as most analysts and scouts would put it. His bench press, vertical jump and broad jump were all at the top of the class for the wide receivers at the NFL scouting combine. There are three more former Panthers in the NFL: Urlick John, Will Lutz and Albert Wilson. John is an offensive tackle for the Arizona

Cardinals who is now in his fourth year in the NFL. He has played for the Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins

in his career, and he has also played in five career games, starting in three of those games. Lutz is a kicker for the New Orleans Saints. He is entering his second professional season with the Saints. During his rookie campaign, Lutz was 2834 in field goals, which was good

enough for an 82.4 conversion percentage. He made three kicks from 50 yards and beyond. Lutz’s career-long goal is a 57 yarder, which came in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was 49-50 on extra point attempts, which is good because kickers now struggle with the longer attempt. Wilson is entering his fourth season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has been productive throughout his career, with 990 career years and 4 career touchdowns. Wilson has 82 career catches for an average of 12.1 yards per catch. R.J Hunter is one of the best basketball players in Georgia State history. Because of his athletic talent, he was drafted No. 28 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA draft. Hunter has spent time with the Celtics and the Bulls during his short career. He is now playing in the NBA D-league. During his D-league stints, he has averaged 15.6 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. There are no Panthers in any current MLB rosters. A few names to watch going forward are football players Penny Hart and Jerome Smith and basketball player D’marcus Simonds as the next Panthers to join the professional ranks. PHOTO FROM SIGNAL ARCHIVES





he Georgia State Panthers’ men’s golf team is the Sun Belt champions after they beat their in-state rival, Georgia Southern, 3-2 on April 25. The win gives the Panthers their eighth conference championship overall and their second Sun Belt title since 2014. It was the 18th hole where junior Alex Herrmann clinched his match to seal the deal for Georgia State. Herrmann’s ability to thrive in clutch situations comes as no surprise, being that he was the Panthers’ most skilled golfer this year. In fact, he ranks fifth in the Sun Belt conference in head-to-head matches, according to He has a 69-4 record this year. Head coach of the men’s golf team, Joe Inman, who entered the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year, was very enthusiastic about his team’s victory. “I can’t explain how incredibly happy I am for this team,” Inman said, according to a press release from Associate Athletic Director Mike Holmes. “They have worked hard all year, and it is great that they get


to be called conference champions. We are excited about this, but we will get right back to work. Our goal from the start of the year was to get back to the NCAA Championship, and now this is possible.” Sophomore Nathan Williams ignited the first blow for the Panthers after securing a 3&1 win over Cody O’Toole. Williams dominated his opponent as he never trailed during the match and led by as many as four after the 10th hole. Sophomore Nick Budd also contributed with a 3&1 win over Brett Barron to give Georgia State a 2-0 lead. Showing great resilience, Budd found himself trailing Barron through the first 11 holes before evening the score through 12. Budd has a 57-16 conference record this year, per Junior Max Herrmann also found himself trailing in his match. He trailed by as many as three. As the game progressed, [Max] Herrmann was able to even up the score with his opponent on the 18th hole. Unfortunately, Herrmann wasn’t able to finish the game victoriously.

Nonetheless, his twin brother [Alex] Herrmann would go on to lead the Panthers to victory with a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole. Along with winning the Sun Belt Championship, the Panthers have qualified to play in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional that will be played May 15-17 at the University Club hosted by Louisiana State University (LSU). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Panthers have qualified for regional play and the 14th time since 1999. “Our team is excited to be traveling to Baton Rouge to once again play in a NCAA Regional,” Inman said. “The team learned a lot last year in Arizona and set a goal to advance out of NCAA Regional play this year. I think we are currently playing our best golf of the year and hopefully, we can use that to our advantage in Louisiana.” The 14 teams that make up the Baton Rouge regional include: LSU, Oregon, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, Arkansas, Jacksonville, Kentucky, South Florida, Iowa, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, LoyolaMaryland and Alabama State. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE


Same Place, New Faces

Meet the newest members of Georgia State’s basketball and football team



he 2017-18 school year will feature a lot of novelty across the athletic department, players and coaches included. Last season the football team took a huge step back after making major improvement the year before, and that led to some massive changes. The program decided it was time for a facelift and cleaned house, beginning with the head coach. Trent Miles, the head coach of Georgia State for four seasons, was fired in November. The new head coach of Georgia State is Shawn Elliott, formerly the O-Line coach at South Carolina. He has a very accomplished coaching career, including 19 winning seasons, 16 of which included postseason play. Along with a new head coach, the football team has an entirely new coaching staff—the only returning one being the head strength coach, Scott Holsopple. With new faces on the football staff, there will come new faces on the basketball team. The Panthers graduated four seniors from last year’s 20-13 squad: the team’s starting center, Willie Clayton, Carter Cagle, Isaiah Dennis, and the team’s leading scorer, Jeremy Hollowell. They are also losing Austin Donaldson, who is transferring to Clark Atlanta University. It’s no easy task replacing five players, but the Panthers have an excellent recruiting cycle which will make it a lot easier. They are bringing in three true freshmen: Josh Linder, Denis Alibegovic, and Kane Williams.



Linder is a 6’8 forward from Kathleen, Georgia. Alibegovic is a 6’4 guard of Bosnian descent from Illinois and is the definition of a sharpshooter. He led his entire conference in scoring and broke his school’s record for three-pointers made. Williams is a 6’5 combo guard from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Georgia. He is ranked as the 24th best player in Georgia. Along with signing three freshmen this recruiting period, Georgia State was once again a big player in the transfer market, like they usually are. The Panthers added graduate transfer Basil Smotherman from Perdue, a 6’6 forward who shot 55 percent from the field last season. The latest and final transfer they added is Damon Wilson from Pittsburg University. Because of transfer rules, Wilson will not be able to play this season but expect him on the floor for the 2018-19 season. With all the new faces across basketball and football, the Panthers are in for an exciting school year. The football team will be looking to bounce back from a terrible season with a new head coach and coaching staff. Coach Elliott will be looking to bring the sustained success he had at South Carolina over to Georgia State. The basketball team, on the other hand, will be looking to build off a solid season and improve. It will be a tough task replacing all the old faces, but Coach Hunter is in a good position with reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, D’Marcus Simonds, who also was second on the team in scoring and all the new faces coming in.


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